Cold Brew Craze

I actually wrote this blog post over three years ago when I first started Sunshine & Superfoods but I wanted to revamp and repost it since this recipe is probably way more relevant now than it was then! Justin (my boyfriend) and I have been totally hooked on the cold brew coffee you can now buy at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. So three years back, I did some research and found it is actually very easy to make, just a little time consuming. We have been consistently making cold brew at home since and it is AWESOME. The homemade version tastes just like the store brands and maybe even a little better because you have the ability to make it as strong as you’d like…

Here is the recipe we use; it makes a coffee concentrate that you might (some people enjoy it very strong) need to dilute with water when it comes time to drink it. It’s easier and more efficient, space-wise, to make a concentrate so you don’t have to keep a huge pitcher in your fridge. You just keep this small jar and pour your cup one-third full with coffee, then fill the rest with water and ice when you’re ready.

Homemade Cold Brew


Ingredients
1 and 1/3 cups ground coffee
4 cups water (cold or room temp)
Large French Press

Directions

  1. Place coffee into the french press and pour water over top.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Let sit for at least 12 to 24 hours at room temperature. After the allotted time press the French press down.
  4. Move the cold brew into the refrigerator.
  5. Your done! Cold brew coffee concentrate 🙂

Things I am Loving Lately Pt.5

It has been awhile since I shared a ‘Things I am Loving Lately’ post so here is a round up of products I have found in the past few months and LOVE! A few of these are great healthier options for summer cookouts (hint…chips, crackers, and cocktails).

Forager Organic Vegetable Chips

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These chips are made by the San Francisco Juice Company, Forager. They use the leftover fruit and vegetable pulp from juicing to make these amazing (and healthy) chips!

Mary’s Gone Crackers

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All hail the healthy chip! A little pricey, but worth it because they taste delicious too. These crackers come in a variety of flavors (which are all great) and are perfectly paired with any type of cheese or dip!

New Barn Almond Milk

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Almond milk without any additives! This almond milk is again a bit pricey but worth the splurge if you just use a splash or so in your coffee and smoothies. It comes sweetened and unsweetened in original or vanilla.

Core Meal Bars

via corefoods.com

I am not a huge fan of meal/protein bars but I can get behind this brand because they are made  with simple ingredients with no syrup, salt, flour, or oil! All its protein and healthy fats come from natural plant based sources and to top it off they all taste amazing.

Spin Drift Seltzer Waters

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via spindrift.com

Meet your new favorite seltzer water; these all natural, no sugar added and absolutely no artificial flavoring seltzers are triple-filtered and then combined with fresh fruit juice. There are many flavors to choose from: Grapefruit, Cucumber, Lemon, Raspberry/Lime, Blackberry & Watermelon. My favorite flavor is the cucumber because it is so refreshing in the summer heat!

Sweet Potato Zoodles

Whole Foods Market and Trader Joes now make spiralized sweet potato zoodles prepackaged and ready to cook, leaving no excuse to not jump on the zoodle bandwagon! Zoodles are the perfect healthy alternative to pasta and are super quick and easy to make.

Any type of zoodle can either be sautéed or roasted in the oven; I tend to roast them in the oven so I have an easier clean up!

Rosemary Sweet Potato Zoodles


Ingredients

Package of sweet potato zoodles (or spiralize 2-3 sweet potatoes)
Olive Oil
Rosemary
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with coconut or olive oil
Lay out the sweet potato zoodles and drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with garlic powder and rosemary
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes (broil for 2-3 minutes for crispier zoodles)
Remove and place in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper
Serve with sliced avocado for the perfect side dish or top with additional roasted veggies and a protein of your choice for a full meal!

Btone Fitness Row Class

Last weekend I finally pushed myself to go try the relatively new row class now offered at some of the Btone Fitness locations. I had been putting this class off because I thought I wouldn’t enjoy a full class dedicated to rowing, but I was wrong. The class itself is only 45 minutes so it flies by; plus the instructor designs the class so that you hop on and off the rower to allow for some strength training on the side!

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The class format is somewhat HIIT inspired on the rower; lots of short sprints or pyramid style timed rowing (i.e. row for 2 minutes, break, row for 4 minutes, break, row for 8 minutes, break then go back down to 4, 2, etc.). The class is individual in nature but is empowering to do in a group with high energy! The workout is low impact and great for those who are looking to get a good cardio workout with lots of muscle building and toning at the same time!

I highly recommend checking this class out! It is offered at multiple Btone studios in and outside of the Boston area; check out their site here: http://www.btonefitness.com/